Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. It isn't just the way he stares at her with those too-sexy gold eyes-as if he could devour her on the spot. Or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal bod-o-death. It isn't even that he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle. It's more about that disconcerting, shifting-from-man-to-lion thing that unhinges her…and makes her want more. Mace likes making Dez crazy. In fact, he likes her any way he can get her-in bed, on the desk, here, now, again. Together, they'd always been trouble, but Dez has no idea just how good trouble can feel…

Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves. He didn't think he'd survive the night, much less find the woman of his dreams. And he never thought the woman of his dreams would have a Tennessee accent and wear cowboy boots. Once he sets his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go. Ronnie Lee Reed is ready to change her life, and New York City is the place where any girl-even one who runs with a Pack-can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion-shifting, oh-my-what-big-um-paws-you-have men. Then again…

Shelly Laurenston writes a damn good paranormal (somewhat erotic) romance. Her books usually feature some sort of shapeshifter (whether animal or dragon) and the escapades that ensure when the main characters get together are always fun. Her women are always kick ass and take charge, while the men are Alpha's with hearts. The best of both worlds I think. She's making her shift from eBook to print, so at the moment new stories are being interspersed with reprints of older releases. My favorite tale in this two-fer is the story of Mace and Dez. You can literally feel the heat coming off of the pages when these two get together. But it is the emotion that you can also feel between the two, and in Mace's determination to get Dez to admit her feellings about him, that truly makes the story memorable.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up. So much fun, you're going to be laughing out loud and racing to turn the page at the same time.
Series - 1) The Mane Event 2) The Beast in Him 3) The Mane Attraction